Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jazz meets Poetry

The Sicilian Jazz Project meets the Poets
Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Jazz Project
join forces with some of Toronto's most dynamic Italian-Canadian poets and spoken-word artists, including:

Domenico Capilongo
Gianna Patriarca
Luciano Iacobelli
Desi Di Nardo
Val Assenza
Giovanna Riccio
and Venus Gennaro whose CD of Sicilian poetry
features music by Dominic Mancuso

This unique evening of word and song will feature the SKP performing
its own JUNO-nominated repertoire, as well as joining forces with
the poets to create an improvised soundtrack.

For more info please go to:

Wednesday June 29th, 2011
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W., west of Dufferin
Tel. 416-588-0307

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The (Not So) Nice Italian Girls ask "What is a Man?"

Emcee/co-organizer Giovanna Riccio ponders "What is a man?"
Poet Rocco de Giacomo

Rocco starts the reading off ...

Poet Jason Paradiso reading both poetry and prose

Poet and Quattro Books Partner Luciano Iacobelli

Writer/poet Pasha Malla


Poet Sam Pupo

Poet Valentino Assenza

Poets Denis, Gianna and emcee/co-organizer Michelle Alfano
Enrica and Terry, colleagues and friends, part of Sam's entourage
Pasha Malla and friends including Jason & Kara Bristow

The (Not So) Nice Italian Girls

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Let's Talk about Men ...

Valentino Assenza has been a fixture in the Toronto poetry circle for over the last decade.  His work has appeared in such anthologies such as Labour Of Love magazine, Looking Forward Looking Back (Lyricalmyrical Press), and Mic Check: An Anthology Of Canadian Spoken Word Artists (Quatro Books). Valentino has four chapbooks of poetry, most recently, Make Our Peace With Rattlesnakes (Lyricalmyrical Press. and is currently writing his first full length book of poetry and short stories. Valentino had the honour of representing Toronto being a part of the Toronto Poetry Slam team in 2009 and 2010, and respectively competing in the national poetry slams in Canada and the U.S. He sits on the committee that helps to run the ArtBar Poetry Series, the longest running poetry only series in Canada. He currently lives in Toronto, and is currently writing his first full length book of poetry and short stories.

Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. His work has most recently been published in Existere and Contemporary Verse 2. Rocco’s poetry has also been featured on the CBC. He is the author of numerous chapbooks including, in 2008, Catching Dawn’s Breath. In 2009, his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us, was launched through Quattro Books. In 2010 Ten Thousand Miles was longlisted for the ReLit Poetry Award. In 2011, it was selected for Poetry NOW’s 3rd Annual Battle of the Bards. Rocco lives in Toronto where he writes and participates on the council for the Art Bar Poetry Series.

Luciano Iacobelli is the author of The Angel Notebook (Seraphim Editions, 2007), seven poetry chapbooks and two full length plays, The Porch and Byrdbrain. He is also the publisher, editor and designer of Lyricalmyrical Press. He is also a Partner in Quattro Books.

Pasha Malla is the author of The Withdrawal Method (stories), All Our Grandfathers Are Ghosts (poems), and the forthcoming Why We Fight ... > Quran Neck (transliterated World War II propaganda). His first novel, People Park, will be published in 2012.

Jason Paradiso is a technical writer by day and technically a writer by night. He is also an editor and a poet who considers himself some sort of an artist too. His name has been included in a number of mastheads and his work has appeared in multiple places including Carousel, Descant, Misunderstandings Magazine and the Lennox Contemporary Gallery.

Sam Pupo was born in Italy but came to Canada when he was three years old. He has been a high school English teacher for the TCDSB for over 20 years. He began writing poetry at 19 and have been very interested in it ever since. He says it is a pleasure making his public literary debut at this reading.